It’s one down six to go for Peterborough United’s director of football Barry Fry.
Centre-back Christian Burgess was expected to complete his transfer to League Two side Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee today (June 24). The 23 year-old is expected at Fratton Park on the day Pompey players return for pre-season training.
Burgess was one of seven Posh players transfer-listed at the end of last season. Posh are understood to have recouped the fee they paid Middlesbrough for the 23 year-old - believed to be around £75,000 - last August.
Midfielders Kane Ferdinand, Joe Newell and Jack Payne, strikers Luke James and Kyle Vassell, plus centre-back Shaun Brisley are the other unwanted players at the ABAX Stadium.
Fry is the man charged with selling the transfer listed players. He expects to start shifting the rest next month.
“June is usually a quiet month for transfers,” Fry said, “Chairmen and players are often on holiday and no-one wants to pay extra wages in June.
“There has been interest in the other players on the list, but nothing concrete. I’d expect things to pick up next month.”
Fry also believes he has a ‘young, exciting winger’ ready to sign for Posh, but manager Dave Robertson is waiting to see whether or not the club’s attempt to bring two players on loan from Premier League clubs is successful before committing to a third permanent signing.
Posh have so far signed midfielder Jack Collison and striker Joe Gormley since the end of last season. The 24 League One clubs have signed 53 players between them so far this summer.